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shady

[shey-dee] /ˈʃeɪ di/
adjective, shadier, shadiest.
1.
abounding in shade; shaded:
shady paths.
2.
giving shade:
a shady tree.
3.
shadowy; indistinct; spectral.
4.
of dubious character; rather disreputable:
shady dealings.
Idioms
5.
on the shady side of, Informal. beyond (the specified age); more than:
on the shady side of 40.
Origin of shady
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; shade + -y1
Related forms
shadily, adverb
shadiness, noun
unshadily, adverb
unshadiness, noun
unshady, adjective
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  • His whole appearance was suggestive of the shady side of life.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • His carriage was awaiting him in a shady corner of the Binnenhof.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • She looked so cool and restful in her white frock and shady hat.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Her own room was on the shady side where pots of mignonette died within a week.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • On several occasions the Coupeaus fancied they saw her in some shady dive.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for shady

shady

/ˈʃeɪdɪ/
adjective shadier, shadiest
1.
full of shade; shaded
2.
affording or casting a shade
3.
dim, quiet, or concealed
4.
(informal) dubious or questionable as to honesty or legality
Derived Forms
shadily, adverb
shadiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shady
adj.

"affording shade," 1570s; "protected by shade," 1590s; from shade (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "disreputable" (1862) probably is from earlier university slang sense of "of questionable merit, unreliable" (1848). Related: Shadily; shadiness. Old English had sceadlic "shady, 'shadely.'"

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